New collars. Again.

A while back Mom ordered us a couple of nice new collars! It’s a good thing we don’t exactly *need* collars as their arrival was delayed by a couple of months(!). They are top quality, though, and of course we look GREAT!

 photo IMG_2534.jpg
We were not the most cooperative models in the world…

 photo IMG_2540.jpg
These are the “Elegado” collars from KorysWorld on Etsy (https://www.etsy.com/shop/KorysWorld)

 photo IMG_2541.jpg
Especially somepuppy… (Gummi: “amateur!”)

 photo IMG_2542.jpg
Lovely, vibrant colors. (Mom’s number two weakness after us ;))

 photo IMG_2522.jpg
Woohooo!

 photo IMG_2525.jpg

 photo IMG_2526.jpg

 photo IMG_2243.jpg
I already have some of Pipette in her collar, since she got hers first. Gummi was away with PA up by the lake when the package arrived.

 photo IMG_2161c.png

A weekend of training

It’s been a wonderful weekend of dog training! It was the second weekend of the “year long” (= four weekends a few months apart) dog trainer-class and Pipette was a star!

I was lucky and sweet Ann Kristin with Mimmi (pomeranian) took a few photos of Pipette in action.
 photo IMG_2666.jpg

 photo IMG_2664.jpg
My bouncy puppy!

 photo IMG_2656.jpg
Get that thing!

She played really well on Saturday, despite lots of people and action. She was a bit more easily distracted on Sunday, probably because I had better treats on Sunday. I only used dry kibble on Saturday which was my bag of back-up treats. But since I left the proper treats that was what we had to work with and she was perfectly happy with it. She had a couple of rounds on Saturday trying to get some of the fun people to play and cuddle with her. Unfortunately they were all broken and just ignored her. How rude! (VERY useful training for a social little doggie.) She had a GREAT hand target session and a good heeling- and (jumping) stand session, too.

 photo IMG_2654.jpg
Sunday she was more easily distracted. She’d rather have treats than the toy and I spent a large amount of time running around and tossing the toys until she’d finally show interest in it. It would have been better to do training that didn’t require treats so she didn’t have them at all, probably, but OTOH this bit of “don’t wanna don’t hafta” might be useful to work through, too. We did eventually move into a different room (one of the other dogs were really noisy) with only a couple of crated dogs and a few people watching and that eliminated the DWDH. I think all the people and dogs training (we were 4 dogs at a time in the main room and 8 handlers + two instructors) PLUS really yummy chicken and meatballs at the same time was too much for her to make the good choice and stick with me.

 photo IMG_2652.jpg
Sunday we worked on “flow”. Having a fluent behavior means it’s automated and the dog hardly has to think to perform it. Basically you do lots of repetitions (we worked on sit) until you have virtually no time between eating the treat for a well performed repetition and doing it again. Sit – click – chew -sit and so on. Then stupid me wanted to change to a different behavior once she was fluent with sit. Instead she chose to demonstrate one of the benefits of a fluent behavior – it’s very resilient towards extinction. So she just sat, and sat, and sat some more. She tried sit/stay and she tried multiple sits, but she didn’t ever lie down like I was hoping she’d do. I should probably have decided to click for “anything not sitting down” but by the time I realized just how much time it would take before she came up with anything other than the sit… well… Let’s just say I’ll do it a bit differently next time, but I was really happy with her intensity and willingness to keep working even when sitting didn’t work “the way it was supposed to”.

 photo IMG_2649.jpg
Then we worked on doggie zen and she was almost TOO good. I haven’t used this kind of training with a bowl before, just treats or toys on the ground and she wouldn’t take a treat/toy on my que if it was in a bowl. Just shows you how important it is to vary how you do stuff. So we worked mostly on getting a reliable release to a reward in a bowl. We made a lot of progress, but need to keep working on this. Having a bowl can help with visibility at a distance (help the dog to find the treat or toy in the grass or whatever) so it’s useful to spend some time on this.

Sun!

After days of rain, rain and more rain we finally got some SUN. It might not be so obvious in the photos since we’re in the woods. But trust us. There was blue skies and high spirits. I took the camera along and got some photos of my little needlenose! IMG_2161

IMG_2161c

Being all objective and everything I’ve got to say she’s pretty darn cute!

IMG_2194

She’ll even stand still and pose for a while which is a huge improvement! IMG_2245

IMG_2306

 

I just can’t seem to get a decent action photo of her, though…

IMG_2335

IMG_2406c

IMG_2434

 

I hope you’re all having a great Sunday!

Pipette & Ane

SuperSessa

image

Hi everyone! While in Thailand mom got me this scarf. It’s my SuperSess scarf. Why SuperSess, you ask? You see I’m a little princess and in Norwegian the word for princess is prinsesse. Then the servants started calling me Sessa, short for prinSessa (=the princess) and it kind of stuck. And of course I’m very SUPER so SuperSessa is perfect!

image
I mean… who can resist these eyes!? I know you can’t. Just wrap up some nice juicy steaks and send them to me right now!

Kisses,
Pipette

A few updates

Hi guys!

I’m actually writing this from Bangkok, Thailand. We’re at the end of our vacation and I’ve spent the evening doing some much needed updates on the blog. I’m nowhere finished and I doubt things will get back to what I won’t call normal (but… the ideal perhaps?) for a while yet. I have, however, gotten around to creating a memory-page and placing Bajas page under that heading. I’ve also finally made pages for the other previous wrigglebutts who are at the rainbow bridge with him. They are not elaborate, but I have at least a photo of everyone now.

Oh, and the little princess Pipette has her own page, finally. I’ll get around to adding info, for now there are only a few puppy photos. But what cute puppy photos they are! 😉

I hope our friends are all doing well. We know sweet Benny is at the rainbow bridge with Bajas and the others now and we hope he’s having fun and send his family our most comforting thoughts.

Best,
Ane